Published Feb 24, 2011The debut album by Liam Gallagher's new band, Beady Eye, is just days away from dropping. As reported, Different Gear, Still Speeding is out this Tuesday (March 1) in North America, and as anyone would guess from a band that is Oasis reborn without Noel Gallagher, it sounds, well, almost exactly like an eighth Oasis album.
Even Liam feels it's not a far stretch from his old band. Earlier this week, the (in)famous frontman got on the horn with Exclaim! to discuss his new record, saying there are as many similarities as there are differences.
"It's hard when you've been in the same bands, know what I mean?" Gallagher says. "You're doing the same thing, but obviously Noel's not there. I'm not singing any differently or trying to get a new style. Obviously Andy [Bell]'s playing guitar now, so that's different. I just think the music, it sounds like a debut record. There's a good vibe to it."
Despite releasing seven albums, Oasis were always praised most about their debut, 1994's Definitely Maybe. So when asked about whether Different Gear, Still Speeding holds a candle to his previous band's classic, Liam says he feels it does.
"Me personally, I think it is right up there," he says. "Musically, the songs are just as good. The playing's fookin' better, as far as I'm concerned. The production is better. I'm singing better. Definitely Maybe was the first record I ever made. There's now way I knew what I was doing. I was just getting on with it, know what I mean? Now I know a little bit about what I'm doing.
"However that is better or worse, it's a personal fookin' thing, but to me I think it's better. Whether it means more to the kids today than what Definitely Maybe does, we'll wait and see, but it's out of our fookin' hands."
Check out an exclusive interview with Liam and guitarist Andy Bell next week on Exclaim.ca.
Different Gear, Still Speeding will be released in Canada on MapleMusic Recordings and in the U.S. via Dangerbird Records.